Nigeria’s power generation collapsed completely to zero megawatt around 1pm on Thursday, and the situation lasted for about three hours.
Data from the country’s System Operator (SO) showed that no power generation company produced a single megawatt of electricity throughout that period.
The SO report indicated that the 11 Distribution Companies (Discos) got zero electricity load allocation during the period of the collapse, meaning that that period on Thursday no part of Nigeria got power supply from the national grid.
Supply according to Discos sources was however restored by 3pm, and out of the 450MW that was due Abuja Electricity Distribution Company for instance, only about 50MW was given to it when the situation improved.
Abuja Disco had before the collapse got an allocation of 257.97MW. At that time the national grid had about 2,243.2MW to distribute to the Discos.
Babatunde Fashola, minister of power, works and housing, said the sudden downing of the three turbines at the Jebba Hydro power station was responsible for the situation.
Fashola, who said the power in the country was inadequate, said the faulty turbines had been fixed.
“Yesterday morning, we had some outages in Jebba. I have just been informed now that out of all the four turbines that were down, three have been restored, so there is stability now,” he said.
“There is not enough power in the country and how do you share what is not enough? It’s difficult, if not impossible. What we need to do is to get more power on.”
Fashola said the challenges will not prevent the current administration from fulfilling its promise of generating 10,000 megawatts.
Nigeria has been plagued with epileptic and grossly inadequate power supply thereby forcing the citizens and businesses to resort to use of electric generators to the point where some industry experts are placing the frontal cost, including imported fuel, as high as the size of annual national budget.
Despite investing over $30 billion in the sector in the past 15 years, the total electricity supply as at today is less than a mere 2,300 megawatts (MW) for a country of over 180 million people.